Layout Design and Operations Meet

Silverton & Lake City

Owner / Location / Website Crew Operating System Car Forwarding Layout Location
Dave Steensland
Tulsa, OK
4 NCE Car Cards 2nd floor of home.

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The S&LC RR is a fictional narrow gauge railroad connecting Silverton, Colorado and Lake City, Colorado with a route over the rugged San Juan mountains. This route was considered and even surveyed but when the country went into depression in 1893 causing many of the silver mines to close, plans were dropped. The Denver & Rio Grande RR had a branch line from Gunnison to Lake City and from Durango to Silverton and Otto Mears built the Silverton railroad from Silverton to Animas Forks, part way to Lake City, but that was as far as they progressed.

The modeled portion of the railroad is from Silverton to Lake City with Durango and Gunnison represented by hidden staging yards.

Like the Rio Grande Southern, the S&LC is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Denver & Rio Grande RR and you will find motive power from all three railroads used. Most of the road engines are K-27 class 2-8-2’s but because of the steep grades, the S&LC did purchase one 2-6-6-2 articulated engine from the Sumpter Valley railroad. Smaller engines for local work include C-16 and C-18 2-8-0’s.

There are two small independent railroads feeding into the S&LC. One is a logging railroad owned by the Montezuma Lumber Company. The other is the Green Mountain RR connecting Eureka, Colorado with the town of Green Mountain, up Cunningham Gulch. Both of these have Shay geared locomotives.

There are at least two mixed trains daily connecting Durango with Gunnison, Colorado. One is northbound, the other, southbound. They both stop in Lake City and Silverton to do work. Passenger service includes stops at Durango, Silverton, Lake City and Gunnison.

The local out of Silverton serves mines and industries from Silverton to Avalanche. The local out of Lake City serves mines and industries from Lake City to Eureka.

An operating session on the Silverton & Lake City lasts 2 ½ to 3 hours and requires 4 operators. The railroad is located up a flight of stairs on the second floor of the house. No radios are required.